greybeard

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n greybeard a stoneware drinking jug with a long neck; decorated with a caricature of Cardinal Bellarmine (17th century)
    • n greybeard a man who is very old
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Usage

In literature:

Good is thy memory, greybeard.
"The Well at the World's End" by William Morris
When the strangers reached the camp, Greybeard took charge of Fleetfoot.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
The youngsters became greybeards.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
The utmost tenderness for this joyous Walsung speaks in the tones of the greybeard.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
The greybeard with the marmoset face and leathern apron let us out at the red door: he had a history.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
I have seen myself as a puling infant, and as a greybeard.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
An old greybeard replied.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
But all that Benedetto had shown was a peevish greybeard huggled up in angle-edged drapery beneath a pompion on a wooden trellis.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
Believe me, prince, thou shouldst cashier these greybeards.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Here we come with our little banner, eight of us all told, seven greybeards with a young standard-bearer.
"The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction - German" by J. W. von Goethe
Some of them were old greybeards, some of them were chic young men.
"A Woman's Experience in the Great War" by Louise Mack
Answer me, are not you, in one word, a Greybeard?
"The Parent's Assistant" by Maria Edgeworth
What has a handsome young spark like you got in common with an old greybeard?
"The Chevalier d'Auriac" by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
He wished to sell his decrepit greybeard, and was met with laughter wheresoever he turned.
"Miranda of the Balcony" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
Go he must, to-day or to-morrow; and what better place for greybeards?
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
The Greybeard is to tell the bad news before the crowd arrives with the corpse.
"Life and Writings of Maurice Maeterlinck" by Jethro Bithell
Why, that Bishop, London chap as he is, is a greybeard beside you.
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman
He was an old greybeard, a native of the place, and of a straightforward, honest bearing.
"Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon" by Austen H. Layard
He was a sinewy, greybearded, greyheaded, not unkindly-looking man, looking more like a sailor than anything else.
"The Crime and the Criminal" by Richard Marsh
Think of a young Janizary, who has not seen nineteen summers, with a captain's rank, and commanding such greybeards as we!
"The Captain of the Janizaries" by James M. Ludlow
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In poetry:

Art sleeping? Wilt wake thee
Guitar tones so light?
The argus-eyed greybeard
My swift sword shall smite.
"A Serenade" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Here I weed the garden plot,
Scare the crows from pillage;
Simmer in the sun a lot,
Talk about the tillage.
Yarn of battles I have fought,
Greybeard of the village.
"Grandad" by Robert W Service
Greybeard philosophy has sought in books
And argument this truth,
That man is greater than his pain, but you
Have learnt it in your youth.
You know the wisdom taught by Calvary
At twenty-three.
"To A Soldier In Hospital" by Winifred Mary Letts
As a boy, reserved and naughty;
As a youth, a coxcomb and haughty;
As a man, for action inclined;
As a greybeard, fickle in mind.—
Upon thy grave will people read:
This was a very man, indeed!
"Epitaph" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Up at Wombat Peter Dawking
Held a meeting in the hall,
And he'd spent an hour in talking
On the far-flung Empire's Call,
When a local greybeard, rising, smote him with this verbal brick:
"Are or are yeh not in favour of the bridge across the crick?"
"The Bridge Across the Crick" by C J Dennis

In news:

At 32, Ray Barkwill is the greybeard on the Canada 'A' entry at the IRB Americas Rugby Championship, which kicks off Friday in Langford, B.C.
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